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July 18 2012 1:59 PM

Did You See This? 135 Shots That Will Restore Your Faith in Cinema

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Brad Pitt in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.

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Last month Slate’s Farhad Manjoo wrote about BuzzFeed’s “21 Pictures That Will Restore Your Faith in Humanity,” and today Flavorwire gives us the movie-lover’s equivalent: “135 Shots That Will Restore Your Faith in Cinema.”

While the secret behind BuzzFeed’s slideshow was a disappointment, Flavorwire’s story is more inspirational: Flavorwire asked readers to suggest “The Most Beautiful Movies Ever Made,” and over 100 commenters responded with their own lists, with nominees spanning from art-house favorites like Last Year at Marienbad and Wings of Desire to blockbusters like the Lord of the Rings trilogy and Inception. (One even suggested Fast & Furious.)

After wrangling together those 86 movies in high definition, Flavorwire has edited them together into this beautiful tribute to cinematography (set to Clint Mansell’s great score for Moon). Beginning with epic landscapes and shots of nature (Terrence Malick features heavily in this section), it slides nimbly into action and finally emotional release. I was happy to see Roger Deakins’ gorgeous cinematography from The Assassination of Jesse James get another shoutout, and of course it’s always good to revisit those albino alligators (not crocodiles) from Cave of Forgotten Dreams.

For the complete list of films (and cinematographers), head to Flavorwire.

Forrest Wickman is a Slate staff writer.